NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate the rich history, diverse cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the oldest continuing cultures on the planet.

This year's theme, Always Was, Always Will Be recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were Australia’s first explorers, first navigators, first engineers, first farmers, first botanists, first scientists, first diplomats, first astronomers and first artists.

Normally held in July, the disruptions from COVID-19 means NAIDOC Week 2020 will be held from 8th - 15th November.

2020 Events

Kaurna Cultural Walking Tour

The University invites you to walk alongside Kaurna Elder, Uncle Frank Wanganeen. As a custodian of the Karrawirra Parri (River Torrens), Frank has a deep understanding of the traditional lands on which our three campuses sit upon and can help you to learn more about the rich histories and contributions of the Kaurna people and the true history of this country.

Frank is a passionate cultural educator who has made significant contributions to reconciliation and the preservation of Kaurna heritage, culture and language. The walking tour will explore sites of ancient and contemporary significance along the Karrawirra Parri (River Torrens). The walk will take place at 12noon on Friday 13 November. Please meet at the Kaurna Learning Circle, near Gate 9, Victoria Drive.

Bookings Essential.

Reflections: Connecting to Country through Art

This exhibition highlights pieces from the University of Adelaide’s stellar Indigenous art collection. In collaboration with the University Library, the artworks on display have been selected by our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and students. 

For more information on this exhibition please visit the University's Special Collections and Archives page. 

Reflections exhibition

Image: Cedric Varcoe, Ngarrindjeri/Narrunga people, 1984, My Country, Ngarrindjeri Country, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 91 x 107 cm, © Cedric Varcoe